The Barack Obama national reelection effort, Organizing for America, is organizing in the Lowcountry with a new office North Charleston. This adds to their Columbia headquarters. Southern Regional Director Tharon Johnson was in the Palmetto State for the event and stopped by South Carolina Radio Network to answer some questions.
Johnson oversees 11 Southern states in the Obama re-election effort. More key staff are now moving in to ready for the General Election fight ahead, one that right now includes the president facing daunting poll numbers.
Johnson says the Obama-focused organization never left the state after the 2008 election. We asked then, why the president himself has not visited the state since then.
The Southern campaign director says there is no strategy for the president to sidestep South Carolina, and that a powerful parade of surrogates have and will be coming through.
Johnson says the campaign sees some opportunity in the state’s most recent census number. There are more people from North and Upper Midwest moving into the mainly Republican-led state. Johnson says they hope to tap into them to as he describes, “expand the electorate.”
AUDIO: Excerpt of Johnson’s interview with Ashley Byrd (5:18)
Tharon Johnson is the Southern Region director of the national Obama team, Organizing for America. He also led the campaign to elect Atlanta’s mayor.